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Around the Women’s #CAAHoops Rim – Jan. 21

Jan 21, 2013, 8:43 PM EDT

Two teams left unbeaten in conference play — Drexel (5-0) and Delaware (4-0) — and the will meet in two games on Sunday, Jan. 27th in Philadelphia. Hofstra and James Madison follow closely behind with just one loss thus far. Delaware received votes for the second straight week in the AP Poll after three weeks of falling off the poll. The CAA steadied at 14 in the conference RPI rankings, while Delaware led the pack at 28.

This week’s honors were presented to Elena Delle Donne (Delaware) and Taylor Wootton (Drexel) for CAA Player of the Week and LaQuanda Younger (Old Dominion) for CAA Rookie of the Week.  The details of their honors can be found on CAASports.com, but some of the highlights included Delle Donne’s 38-point performance against Towson, Wootton’s back-to-back 20+ point performances and Younger’s hot shooting from long range for the Lady Monarchs. Read the entire report on the CAA Sports official website.

Last week Delaware earned a No. 1 ranking in the CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major poll (Jan. 15). The Blue Hens earned seven first place votes. The CAA also had three teams receive votes — James Madison, Old Dominion and Drexel in last week’s poll.

Hofstra’s Shante Evans recently became the Pride’s all-time scorer and rebounder and joined two other active women’s basketball players in the same category.  Sametria Gideon from Kennesaw State and Alex Cowling from Loyola Marymount are also their program’s all-time scoring and rebound leaders.

The CAA Women’s Basketball Championship will return to The Show Place Arena in Upper Marlboro, Md., for the third straight season in March.  The teams played in front of 8,100 fans during the 2012 four-day event and in front of 7,727 in 2011.

The NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Committee has announced the selections of the first and second-round as well as regional sites for the 2013 NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Championship. Delaware, located in Newark, Del., received a first and second-round games in 2013. Old Dominion, located in Norfolk, Va., was selected as a host for a Regional Site. ODU has hosted the NCAA tournament 22 total times, including five Regionals – most recently in 2004. Delaware is set to host the first and second round on March 24-26 at the Bob Carpenter Center, while Old Dominion will host their regional on March 31 and  April 2.

Around the League – Did You Knows…

Delaware: Tina Martin is in her 17th season as the HC of the Blue Hens and holds a record of 322-180 (.641), the winningest coach in Delaware men’s and women’s basketball history. UD is 138-61 in CAA regular season play since joining the league in 2001-02.

Drexel: The win over the Tribe was head coach Denise Dillon’s 99th CAA regular season victory.

George Mason: Three Patriots scored in double-figures, led by junior guard Cierra Strickland as she unloaded with a career-high five three pointers and finished with a career-high 20 points. She was perfect (5-5) from long range and finished the night with four steals, three rebounds and one assist.

Georgia State: Cody Paulk led the Panthers on the week averaging 13.0 points in the two outings. She added two blocks and now has 175 career stops to tie Hofstra’s Vanessa Gidden (2007) for 9th all-time in CAA history. Her next block will move her into an 8th place tie with Amy Dorsett (Richmond, 1997). Paulk is also six points shy of scoring her 600th career point after recording double-figures in four of her last five games.

Hofstra: Andreana Thomas added 12.0 ppg and 9.5 assists per game, including a career-high 13 assists against Old Dominion (one shy of tying the HU single-game record)

James Madison: Kirby Burkholder added 14.5 points per game for the Dukes on the week and led the team on the boards pulling down 8.0 rebounds per outing. She passed the 700-point career mark in the game against GSU and currently has 705 as a junior.

UNCW: Senior forward Karneshia Garrett and junior guard Jessica Freeman scored 11 points apiece to pace UNCW. Freeman led all players with four assists. Garrett missed her fifth double-double of the season by one rebound.

Northeastern: Kashaia Cannon and Deanna Kerkhof led the Huskies on the week each averaging 17.5 points per game, while Jewel Tunstull pulled down a team-best 7.0 rpg and Kerkhof added 6.5 rpg.

Old Dominion: Hofstra’s 83 points against ODU on Sunday was the most the Lady Monarchs have given up in a game this season.

Towson: Junior guard Tanisha McTiller, who currently leads the league in scoring, led Towson as she averaged 21.5 points per game. She also posted a team-best 7.0 rpg to go along with four assists and four steals. McTiller added a double-double against the Blue Hens for her fourth in five games and fifth of the season.

William & Mary: Senior Janine Aldridge added 12.0 ppg and dished out a team-high six assists and recorded a team-high five steals on the week. She ranks first in school history with 272 career three-pointers, which ranks seventh in the CAA record books. Additionally, the senior is just 34 steals away from passing Jen Sobota (2003) for first all-time (257) in the Tribe record books.

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